• Quick Facts About The New School


    The New School was founded in New York City nearly a century ago as an institution dedicated to intellectual and artistic freedom. Today it is a leading urban university offering some of the nation's most well respected degree, certificate, and continuing education programs in art and design, social sciences, liberal arts, management and public policy, and performing arts.

    A Few Facts That Set Us Apart

    Among national universities, The New School had the highest proportion of classes with fewer than 20 students.
    2014, U.S. News & World Report

    Student-to-faculty ratio: 10.1 (based on full-time-equivalent students to full-time-equivalent instructional faculty)

    Parsons School of Design was named the Best College for Art and Design in the United States.
    2015, Quacquarelli Symonds 2015 World University Rankings

    We have a higher percentage of international students than any other U.S. university.
    2014, U.S. News & World Report

    The American Institute of Architects named the New School University Center one of the greenest buildings in the United States—and it's the largest LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified urban university building.

    The New School at a Glance

    • Founded in 1919 
    • Located in the heart of NYC in Greenwich Village, with a branch campus in Paris 
    • Majors: 138 degree and diploma programs and majors and more than 50 minors, housed in five colleges


    • More than 10,000 degree-seeking students
    • Undergraduate students: 6,752
    • First-time entering freshmen: 1,296
    • Graduate students: 3,328
    • Students come to The New School from the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and 116 foreign countries
    • Percentage of international students: 33 
    • Full-time faculty: 416
    • Part-time faculty: 1,778

    The University


    Number and country of origin of living alumni: 65,000+, from more than 100 countries

    Notable alumni: Nina Arianda '06 (actress), Burt Bacharach '50 (composer), Peter Berger '50 (sociologist), Bradley Cooper '00 (actor), Thomas DiNapoli '88 (New York State comptroller), Tom Ford '86 (fashion designer and film director), Ali Jackson '00 (jazz drummer), Marc Jacobs '84 (designer), Donna Karan '87 (fashion designer), Jeanine Liburd '95 (executive vice president, Black Entertainment Television), Brad Mehldau '93 (jazz pianist), Eduardo Ochoa '84 (president, California State University Monterey Bay), Ana Oliveira '84 (president, NY Women's Foundation), Robert Pollin '82 (economist), Joel Schumacher '65 (film director), Richard Silverstein '70 (advertising executive), Lorie Slutsky '77 (president, New York Community Trust), Frederica von Stade '69 (opera singer), Dr. Ruth Westheimer '59 (therapist and author), Sean Wilsey '95 (author), and Robert Wong '90 (chief creative officer, Google)
    Read more about New School alumni.


    The New School is a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.


    David E. Van Zandt, 2011–
    Bob Kerrey, 2001–2010
    Jonathan F. Fanton, 1982–1999
    John E. Everett, 1964–1982
    Henry David, 1960–1962
    Hans Simon, 1950–1960
    Bryn Hovde, 1945–1950
    Alvin Johnson, 1921–1945

    Statistics reflect October 2015 data. For the most up-to-date information, visit Institutional Research.

    Updated January 30, 2016: The New School, Marketing and Communications, 79 Fifth Avenue, 17th floor, NY, NY 10003 212.229.5667,